Moving into a new home is an exciting time and there is so much to do beyond just unpacking all those boxes.
While you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture, there are some basics you should cover first before you get into the fun stuff.
Change the locks
Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.
Steam clean the carpets
If you are keeping the existing carpets, at least for the time being, it’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.
Call an exterminator
Of course, you were diligent and had an inspection done as part of your purchase. However, prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home. You’ll feel better.